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Fantasy Football waiver wire adds and drops following Week 2

Is it time to pick up Johnny Manziel for your fantasy football team?

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Week 2 in the NFL was just as crazy as Week 1 from a fantasy football perspective.

Players who looked like emerging stars became duds this week, and Week 1 no-shows showed up in a big way with their Week 2 performances. Here's a look at the waiver wire adds and drops you need to make to your fantasy football team to improve in Week 3.


Washington RB Matt Jones
Washington loved what they saw from third-round rookie Matt Jones in the preseason, leading some to believe he would eventually supplant Alfred Morris for the No. 1 RB spot. He may have done that with his Week 2 performance, which saw him rush for 123 yards and two TDs on 19 carries. He added three catches for 23 yards, in the Redskins' 24-10, Week 2 drubbing of the Rams.

Even if Jones isn't named the starter next week vs the struggling Giants, it's time to pick him up ASAP. He was owned in 41% of fantasy football Leagues as of Sunday. It's also worth noting that Morris rushed 18 times for just 59 yards against the Rams.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree
After a decent showing in Week 1, Michael Crabtree led Raiders WRs in nearly every category on Sunday as he helped spring Oakland to a 37-33 upset over Baltimore. Crabtree finished Sunday with nine receptions for 111 yards and a TD. while being targeted a team-high 16 times.

This, after he was targeted eight times in Week 1 vs a very good Bengals secondary that held him to five catches for 37 yards. It's clear after just two games that Oakland going to be throwing a lot this year, even when they aren't playing from behind as they often will be. Oakland has attempted the third-most passes through two week, and Derek Carr is good enough to make Crabtree and Amari Cooper keep shining this season.

Browns WR Travis Benjamin
Cleveland doesn't have a clear-cut No. 1 WR, and it doesn't help matters that the coaches reportedly wants to see Dwayne Bowe be cut. He's yet to show anything this season, which has helped lead to Travis Benjamin being their top wideout thus far.

After catching three passes for 89 yards, including a 54-yard TD in Week 1, Benjamin erupted for 115 yards and two scores on three catches against the Titans. He also had a 78-yard punt return for a TD to give him three scores for the game. It looks like Benjamin is Cleveland's top pass-catcher, and he's worth rostering this week, especially if your league gives points for returns.

Patriots RB Dion Lewis
Lewis got the start against the Steelers in Week 1 and rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries to go along with 51 yards receiving on four receptions. Even with that performance, Lewis was owned in less than 50% of fantasy leagues as of Sunday. Part of the reason why was LeGarrette Blount returned in Week 2 with the belief he would become the featured back.

Not so. Against a stout Bills defense, Lewis rushed for 40 yards and a TD on seven carries (all team-highs) and caught six passes for 98 yards. He's the featured back in New England for now, and that makes him an invaluable asset in fantasy football. Lewis should quickly get scooped up this week in every league, so make sure he's one of the first guys you're trying to get off waivers.


Browns WR Dwayne Bowe
As mentioned above, the Browns are not exactly high on Dwayne Bowe, and for good reason. He missed much of training camp and the preseason with a hamstring injury, and he's been MIA through their first two games. Against the Titans, Bowe saw just one target and failed to record a catch. It's time to cut bait with him, especially since the Browns may eventually do so themselves as well.

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson
During the Jaguars' disastrous 2014 season, Denard Robinson, looked like a potential star RB after making the switch from being a college QB. He notched 706 all-purpose yards (582 rushing, 124 receiving) and four scores in 13 games in 2014 while splitting time with Toby Gerhart.

2015 was set to be his breakout third season, but the Jaguars had other plans as they drafted Alabama's T.J. Yeldon in the second round of this year's NFL draft before adding  Bernard Pierce as well.

Those two combined for 31 touches in the Jags' Week 2 win over Miami while Robinson had just one carry for nine yards and ended up leaving the game with a knee injury. If you were holding out hope he may be a featured weapon in Jacksonville, give up and cut your losses now.

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden
With no clear-cut No. 1 RB in Dallas coming into the season, some actually thought McFadden might be in for a late-career resurgence while playing behind a great Cowboys offensive line.

Not so. Through two games, McFadden has 16 carries for 47 yards (2.9 ypc) and no scores. He doesn't have much burst anymore and is clearly past his best days. Joseph Randle is also clearly the top RB now with Lance Dunbar being a better No. 2 option than McFadden, who needs to be off your fantasy team, yesterday.

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Jonny Manziel
For the second game in a row, Johnny Manziel and Benjamin hooked up on a long TD pass, this week's was a 60-yarder that gave the Browns a 7-0 lead over the Titans early in the first quarter Sunday. The pair also connected on a 50-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter that gave the Browns a 28-14 lead.

The Browns held the 14 point lead and Manziel finished the game 8-of-15 for 172 yards passing. Benjamin finished the game with 115 yards receiving. After the game, head coach Mike Pettine declined to name Manziel the starter going forward and said the team would reassess the situation once Josh McCown came back.

It's not time to add him to your team, but continue to monitor the situation going forward. Even if Manziel is named the starter, he's not worth picking him up in anything other than a super-deep league where starting QBs can't be found on the waiver wire, or a 2-QB league. He's showing he's capable of one or two big plays per game, but isn't doing much outside of said plays.